Award-winning author and horseman Patrick Smithwick will be signing his latest book, “Flying Change: A Year of Racing and Family and Steeplechasing,” from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room.
Smithwick’s compelling memoir of dueling ambitions is the tale of a man who decides in midlife to call off all restraints, silence all naysayers, put his mind and body and courage to the test, and do what, in his case, is the impossible. Having been away from the world of racing for 25 years, he must, within a nine-month period, get a horse to ride in the most difficult steeplechase race in the world, and then, ride that horse as if his life depends on it, which, literally, it does.
The website states that Flying Change is an inspiration for anyone who thought he or she could never compete again. If you’d like to know what it’s like to be a member of the elite racing set, if you’d like to experience firsthand a foxhunt at its most exciting moments, if you’d like to vicariously ride in the Maryland Hunt Cup, then this is your book. You’ll discover East Coast Hunt Country at its best.
The demands in time and energy required by Smithwick’s return to racing pull him away from his family and his ambition to write, creating major conflicts. Yet, the fast-paced narrative shows Smithwick striving to carry on traditions from his upbringing and apply them to the raising of his own three children.
“Smithwick’s midlife crisis sure beats riding a Harley-Davidson to Sturgis,” said winemaker Norm Yost.
Smithwick won the Dr. Tony Ryan 2013 Book Award for Flying Change. He previously published “Racing My Father,” a memoir of growing up as the son of A.P. “Paddy” Smithwick, the legendary steeplechase jockey.
Both books will be available for purchase at the book signing.
For information about the author and the book, visit www.flyingchangememoir.com.
The event is part of Flying Goat Cellars “Wine & Culture in the Ghetto” series.
The tasting room is located in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto at 1520 East Chestnut Court, Lompoc.